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Micmacs (2009)

Micmacs à tire-larigot (original title)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet (as Jean Pierre Jeunet)

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (scenario) (as Jean Pierre Jeunet), Guillaume Laurant (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dany Boon ... Bazil
André Dussollier ... Nicolas Thibault de Fenouillet
Yolande Moreau ... Tambouille
Dominique Pinon ... Fracasse
Marie-Julie Baup Marie-Julie Baup ... Calculette
Michel Crémadès ... Petit Pierre
Nicolas Marié Nicolas Marié ... François Marconi
Julie Ferrier ... La Môme Caoutchouc
Omar Sy ... Remington
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Placard
Urbain Cancelier ... Le gardien de nuit de Marconi
Patrick Paroux Patrick Paroux ... Gerbaud
Jean-Pierre Becker Jean-Pierre Becker ... Libarski
Stéphane Butet Stéphane Butet ... Matéo
Philippe Girard Philippe Girard ... Gravier
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Storyline

Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer, a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator, a math expert and statistician, Buster, a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete, an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl, a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion. Written by The Massie Twins

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,914, 30 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,260,917, 17 October 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Exhilarating bag of tricks
16 February 2010 | by cliffhanley_See all my reviews

By the director of Delicatessen and Amelie, this is closer to the earlier one. It's that mad jumble of images and daring camera-work again. And again it turns out to be a film quite unlike the one you were expecting. I'm sure someone has said this somewhere already, but it's worth repeating. I'm talking about Fellini on acid.

After an electrifying prologue in which our hero is orphaned, the screen explodes into a big-budget retro Hollywood opening and the story begins.

Almost right away our man Bazil, played by star of the French screen Danny Boon, is wounded by a stray bullet, losing his job after a long spell in hospital. He's saved from oblivion by a family of freaky misfits who live underground, surviving by rescuing the junk society throws out and giving it new life.

What Bazil really wants is to get his own back on the two arms manufacturers who messed up his life, and his new friends are the perfect mates for carrying out such a scheme. They include a human cannonball, a numbers genius, a circus contortionist and a robot inventor, and their plots are just as wacky as they are.

Talking of plots, the story, packed though it is with fantastic imagery as if it were a story about bad adults written by very clever children, races along regardless. The scene where Bazil gets shot is itself so much more than a simple zap with a bullet. It's a short film in itself, and the whole thing is full of chunks like that. It really is too much to eat at one sitting, and I would recommend a second look. You'll probably see me there, in the front row, my jaw in my lap.


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